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Tolkien's Legendarium and Medieval Cosmology

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:33am
Judy Ann Ford, Texas A&M Univ–Commerce
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 14, 2018

The assumption that science largely ceased to be an area of human endeavor between the Hellenistic period and the age of Galileo has given way to an increasing awareness of the continuity of scientific thinking throughout the medieval period, especially as regards cosmology and astronomy. The notion of a more scientifically aware Middle Ages may seem at odds with the boundaries of medieval thought presented in the paradigms of western medievalism created by authors C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. But the popular image of the Middle Ages they created may be less incompatible with recent work on medieval science than might initially be supposed.

" Victorian Fun, Amusement and Delight," For the Humanities Congress at the University of British Columbia, June 1-7th, 2019

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 12:22pm
VSAO-Sponsored ACCUTE Joint Session
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, November 15, 2019

From Edward Lear’s owl-and-pussycat elopement, the Queen’s laughable rage in Wonderland, to the visual wit found in illustrations by Phiz and the Punch artists, the Victorian era was no stranger to delight and merry-making. In one sense, the Victorian era was a bastion of prudish puritanical “no nonsense,” of earnest rationalism in its documenting positivism and nascent naturalist sciences. In another sense, this historic moment also saw the flowering of imaginative merriment through the emergence of leisure time for working and bourgeois classes, which inspired a myriad of humorous and nonsense artistic forms to proliferate.

US as Global Colonizer: Reflections from Post-postcolonial Pakistani Literature

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:41am
Syeda Sughra Naqvi, Université de La Rochelle, France/ NeMLA 2019
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

This session will explore the rationale of Post-postcolonial revisionism introduced by the US as global colonizer from Post-postcolonial Pakistani Literature while focusing on the post 9/11 social misrepresentations. There are four aspects which highlight the theme of the session (US as Global Colonizer): 1) US hegemony in the form of Revisionism, through social misrepresentations and exploitation 2) The recursivity of nuclear power and American domination that alludes to the evolving “great game” in Afghanistan 3) Welfare of Imperialism: American influence on Paksitan’s internal policies and minority rights in Pakistan, and 4) The relationship between US (neocolonizer) and Pakistan (colonized) in the aftermath of 9/11.

Call For Abstracts: themed issue on Futurities, Science, and Technology for Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 11:44am
Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Call For Abstracts: themed issue on Futurities, Science, and Technology for Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society


Edited by Krizia Puig, M.A. ( and Sav Schlauderaff, M.A. ( Deadline for abstracts: July 31, 2018.


Possible title: Techno-Flesh: Body Politics and Future Making


SCMS 2019 Panel— Neural Media: On Neural Networks and New Data Practices

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 1:15pm
Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal (University of California, Davis) and Théo Lepage-Richer (Brown University)
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, August 10, 2018

Neural Media: On Neural Networks and New Data Practices

A Proposed Panel for the 2019 conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

(March 13–17, 2019, Seattle)


Call for papers re-opened for collection of vintage science fiction

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:08am
Ivy Roberts / Virginia Commonwealth University
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The CFP for Histories of the Future: Proto-Science Fiction, 1800-1925 (Mcfarland Press) has been re-opened! We are looking for short articles that introduce, contextualize, and / or put a critical lens up to science fiction written between 1800 and 1925 (Victorian era and the Machine age). Submit proposals by August 15. Please include your in your proposal a biography, and the title and author of the work that your essay will examine.


Reading Reality through Science Fiction

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:33am
University Stefan cel Mare of Suceava, 13 University Street, 720229 Suceava, Romania
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019

Reading Reality through Science Fiction

The academic journal Messages, Sages and Ages (, based at the English Department, University of Suceava, Romania, invites contributions for an issue on “science fiction as reality-check”; the theme issue is guest edited by Roberto Paura (University of Perugia, Italy).

Local and Global? Representations of Climate Change in Contemporary Anglophone Novels

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:28am
Moira Marquis/ UNC Chapel Hill
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, September 28, 2018

This panel will present at NEMLA 2019

March 21-24 in Washington DC

Climate change represents a profound conceptual problem. It is both locally and global manifested. It is both knowable by science as well as created by the technologies science has enabled. How do contemporary Anglophone novelists represent these realities? From Margaret Atwood to Nnedi Okorafor to Hanya Yanagihara many contemporary novelists see their novels as both locally specific as well as globally relevant.

Renaissance Vegetarianism

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 11:36am
Andrea Crow / Renaissance Society of America
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Renaissance Society of America (RSA) 2019 - Toronto

Panel - Renaissance Vegetarianism

The study of early modern food has blossomed in recent years. As scholars have parsed the politics of changing dining practices, the role of recipes in intellectual history, and the growing perception of food ethics as inextricable from social identity, dietary beliefs and habits have begun to be seen as central to early modern studies. One of the most striking dietary trends that spread across Europe in this period, however, remains underexamined: the rise of vegetarianism.

Special journal issue - Moon Rise

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:56am
Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, January 28, 2019

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful manned Moon landing, we invite articles for a special issue, examining how the Moon has been depicted since 1969 in science fiction. As Marjorie Hope Nicolson showed in her classic study of Voyages to the Moon (1948), fantasies of moon flight have been an integral part of world literature since classical times. Since moon flight became a reality, how have these stories changed? From adventure series such as Space 1999 to films such as Duncan Jones’ Moon and novels such as Ian McDonald’s Luna sequence, Earth’s satellite has remained a source of fascination.